Course Descriptions


The University of New Hampshire is in compliance with the federal definition of credit hour. For each credit hour, the university requires, at a minimum, the equivalent of three hours of student academic work each week assuming a 15-week semester (student workload for shorter length terms must be increased proportionally per week to maintain required approximately 45 hours of work per credit per term) Student work reflects intended learning outcomes and is verified through evidence of student achievement.

The number of credits listed is the number of semester credits each course number will count toward graduation (except in the case of variable credit courses). Students must register for the number of credits shown or, if the course is variable credit, within the range of credits shown.

"Cr/F" following the course description indicates that no letter grade is given but that the course is graded Credit or Fail.

Course Offerings

The pound sign "#" denotes any course which has not been offered in the past three academic years.

For up-to-date information about when a course is offered; who teaches the course; the number of recitations, lectures, labs, and such, students are referred to each semester's Time and Room Schedule.


Courses are equivalent when the same course content is taught under different course subject prefixes and/or course numbers. Equivalent courses may be applied interchangeably to satisfy degree requirements, unless otherwise prohibited by program (major, minor, program) specific rules. The repeated course rule is applicable if a student takes two equivalent courses. Equivalent courses also include courses in the past taught under different subject prefixes, numbers, titles, or a writing intensive or honors course section.


In courses that are not designated by title as laboratory courses, the notation "Lab" or "Course has a lab component" in the course description indicates that laboratory sessions are a part of the course. For example, CHEM 403 General Chemistry I.

Mutual Exclusion

Courses are mutually exclusive when course content is too similar to earn credit for both. Students may not enroll if they have completed any mutually exclusive courses with a passing grade.

Numeric System

The University of New Hampshire's system of numeric designation is as follows:

  • 200–299 Courses in Thompson School of Applied Science.
  • 300–399 Associate in arts /associate in science courses. Courses may be taken for credit only by associate's degree or nondegree students. Credits may not be applied to baccalaureate degrees.
  • 400–499 Introductory courses generally not carrying prerequisites and courses generally falling within University and college requirements.
  • 500–599 Intermediate-level courses for undergraduate credit only.
  • 600–699 Advanced-level undergraduate courses. Entrance to courses numbered 600 and above normally requires junior standing.
  • 700–799 Advanced-level undergraduate courses. Ordinarily not open to freshmen and sophomores.
  • 800–999 Courses that carry graduate credit only and therefore are open only to admitted or special graduate students.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Prerequisites are courses that must be taken before another course. For example, SUST 401 Exploring Sustainability is a prerequisite of SUST 501 Sustainability in Action.

Corequisites are courses that must be taken in the same semester. For example, BMCB 658 General Biochemistry and BMCB 659 General Biochemistry Lab are corequisites.